Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 5 matchup with the Patriots.
Despite an already banged-up defense going into the short week, it was the Buccaneers offense that struggled in putting points on the board. Jameis Winston was eight of 16 with just 71 yards passing, compared to Brady's 169 yards on 18 of 22 completions at the half.
Conversely, the Buccaneers defense got off to a strong start as the first drive of the game saw Buccaneers rookie safety Justin Evans, making his first ever NFL start, intercept Tom Brady to give Tampa Bay the ball back immediately. Neither defense let up until the end of the first quarter, when the Patriots managed a short field goal after being stopped on third and five from the Tampa Bay nine-yard line.
The Buccaneers first score came as RB Doug Martin drove in a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter to put the Buccaneers up, 7-3, giving him a statement touchdown in his first game back from his suspension. However, the Patriots would answer with seven of their own on a five-yard touchdown pass to WR Chris Hogan. New England would tack on another field goal to make the score 13-7 at the half.
There would be no special teams assistance for Tampa Bay, as struggling kicker Nick Folk was 0-for-3 on field goal attempts on the night. A hands-to-the-face penalty by C Evan Smith negated a Jameis Winston touchdown that would have put the Buccaneers within two in the fourth quarter. Instead, Tampa Bay settled for a 31-yard field goal attempt that Folk would miss wide left.
The Patriots offense would continue to chip away at the scoreboard, adding a 45-yard field goal in the third quarter and 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, in addition to overcoming 108 total penalty yards as well as two turnovers. Brady was 30-40 for a total of 303 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
Winston would connect with TE Cameron Brate in the endzone late in the fourth quarter to pull Tampa Bay within two, but in the end, the defending Super Bowl Champions would prove too much for the Buccaneers in prime time, with a final score of 19-14. The Buccaneers will head to Arizona, facing off against the Cardinals on Sunday, October 15.